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36
Norbert Pfaffenbichler/Lotte Schreiber, 2001
36 (video, 2min)

Lotte Schreiber and Norbert Pfaffenbichler´s 36 is a rigidly mathematical and graphic composition based on the number in its title. All of this video´s elements, including its length, are variables of this figure. Three apparently independent fields of perception are linked by Stefan Németh´s synchronized soundtrack. In the left field, 36 vertical and horizontal white lines run through various patterns of movement according to a binary digital system (0 = vertical, 1 = horizontal) [...]
Norbert Pfaffenbichler / Lotte Schreiber (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2001

.airE
Maia Gusberti, 2001
.airE (video, 5min)

A journey along electric power lines. The camera, pointed skyward, takes them out of the context of everyday perception, reducing them to form, to line. Right from the beginning, the unadorned images seem almost abstract as they intersect the picture, and the visual planes occasionally merge. The abstraction progresses slowly until solely graphic elements are recognizable. Sound and image were created in close cooperation, and the visual lines correspond to the music, are assimilated and reflected by it. [...]
Maia Gusberti (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2001

Domino
Lotte Schreiber, 2005
Domino (video, 12min)

As Robert Smithson said, if you isolate certain associations from a site, if you deal directly with its visual appearance, with what Roland Barthes called the "simulacrum of the object," then the goal is to understand a new type of structure as a whole which generates new meanings.
Domino describes a system of construction using reinforced concrete which Le Corbusier developed in 1914 [...]
Lotte Schreiber (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2005

Elements
Dariusz Kowalski, 2006
Elements (video, 8min)

Elements is a continuation, both stylistically and programmatically, of Luukkaankangas – updated, revisited (2004). In this work data images animated in loops on the Web site "Alaska Weather Camera Program" show occupied terrains in deserts of ice. At the same time Elements does not make reference to a precise object; it relates directly to space, to impregnable landscapes and uncertain horizons. [...]
Dariusz Kowalski (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2006

Frame
n:ja, 2002
Frame (video, 5min)

The beginning of frame is similar to a drive through the city: "Let´s go for a ride," high energy. The camera pans swiftly from left to right, looking at what´s going on. The beat sets the tempo. The car´s put into gear: Take-off.
The story plays out in the viewers´ head rather than in front of their eyes. [n:ja] shows nothing more than pure motion along spatial coordinates which is driven by Radian´s pulsing soundtrack. [...]
n:ja (video)

radian (sound)
2002

GHL
Lotte Schreiber, 2012
GHL (16mm, 17min)

The film is set at Vienna’s Gänsehäufel lido, which was built on the Danube in the 1950s. A male figure, his identity unknown, serves as a recurrent motif that leads the spectator to a variety of locations at this place, deserted during the off season. His reason for being there is never revealed, though he’s obviously going through some kind of crisis. The late-modern buildings are empty, relieved of their normal function; [...]
Lotte Schreiber (director)

Stefan Németh (music)
2012

GitCutNoise
Lotte Schreiber, 2011
GitCutNoise (video, 6min)

At the end of the 1990s, the time had come to desire something new to listen to. Rock and Techno had been modified for mass acceptance, zombified, and made boring or played to death through a certain virtuoso style. Both reduction and noise could now leave the academic space and move into living room clubs. Mego (a label), Phonotaktik (a festival), and rhiz (a club) were happening in Vienna and in the midst of it all, a young band of three, well-groomed and good-looking men: Radian [...]
Lotte Schreiber (video)

radian (sound)
2011

I E (Site 01 Isole Eolie)
Lotte Schreiber, 2004
I E (Site 01 Isole Eolie) (video, 8min)

Stromboli appears briefly, as though lifted from the darkness by a flash of lightning and then disappearing into it once again. We then approach the Aeolian Islands. In their cinematic representation, movement and motionlessness collide as do the materiality of Super-8 and video. In the space created as the camera surveys the scene, the landscape is studied as if it were a sensual experience, and also as an object of esthetic representation. [...]
Lotte Schreiber (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2004

Infra.void
Maia Gusberti, 2005
Infra.void (video, 11min)

Infra.void is a video film about empty spaces, about architectures and landscapes between infrastructures; a film about a geography for the choreography of movement. 
Hardly ever perceived by those passing, these ‘non-places’ form a sort of ‘post-modern wilderness’. A drifting, inconsequential terrain, often barely accessible and wedged between roadways.
Maia Gusberti (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2005

Interrogation Room
Dariusz Kowalski, 2009
Interrogation Room / Diagonale Trailer 09 (video, 1min)

Dariusz Kowalski about his trailer:
"Interrogation Room takes observation and the concealed gaze of both psychiatry and cinema as its theme. The setting of a room with a one way mirror seems in the cinema sometimes to be an interrogation room, sometimes to be a room with a mirror, and sometimes an interview room, and in certain circumstances both psychiatry and criminal investigation share the same method of spatial observation. [...]
Dariusz Kowalski (video)

Stefan Németh &
Steven Hess (sound)
2009

JET
Michaela Schwentner, 2003
JET (video, 6min)

This video’s exhilarating dynamism results from a precisely composed interplay of color and form which structures the viewer’s perception of it significantly. michaela schwentner’s work method closely resembles that of electroacoustic sound artists radian who employ a variety of painterly elements which are allowed to interact, overlapped or contrasted. [...]
Michaela Schwentner (video)

radian (sound)
2003

KOI
Tinhoko, 2011
KOI (video, 8min)

KOI is a rhythmical arrangement of residual thoughts and images of a short moment: A look into the semi-cloudy, tranquil water of a pond. Koi (Nishikigoi, literally “brocaded carp") enter the picture by turns and from different sides, the shadow of the bathing jetty and reflections make their appearances. This retrospective silent-film unfolds to the deep bordun/drone sounds of Stefan Neméth's composition and elements of a second moment begin to emerge: drops of dark liquids, paper textures, dripping sounds. [...]
Tinhoko (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2011

Kilvo
Michaela Grill, 2004
Kilvo (video, 6min)

A remote, barren, almost unfriendly landscape: Kilvo in Lapland was the inspiration for Radian´s music, and even the accompanying visuals by Michaela Grill play with the bare countryside´s resistance to its depiction.

A fourfold split screen shows views of this place in a kaleidoscope of animated digital postcards. The normal associationsævisions of majestic, or at least marketable, beauty, of exotic or untouched wildernessæare consistently undermined in KILVO. [...]
Michaela Grill (video)

radian (sound)
2004

Ljós // Light // Licht
Gerald Zahn, 2009
Ljós // Light // Licht (video, 3min)

With the traveler’s fascination for the foreign mundane, the artist documents the view from the same window during Icelandic season of almost 24-hour daylight.
The photo-film moves through a succession of delicate tones, where the light and the depth of the landscape are eventually completely transformed. However the curves of the streetlights remain static and the lamps invariably unlighted.
Gerald Zahn (video)

lokai (sound)
2009

Luukkaankangas – updated, revisited
Dariusz Kowalski, 2005
Luukkaankangas – updated, revisited (video, 7min)

In Finnland, webcams of the Finnish Road Administration record permanently pictures of all important roads . These images are then placed in the internet in an interval of fifteen to thirty minutes. Before their departure, the Finns thus first can read back their streets as an image to decide whether they use them or not. Crucial is perhaps that the cameras record the images automatically without cameraman, they thus are mere function-images without any aesthetical reference. [...]
Dariusz Kowalski (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2005

Notes on Film 08: Camera
Norbert Pfaffenbichler, 2015
Notes on Film 08: Camera (video, 13 min)

Norbert Paffenbichler´s “Notes on Film 08: Camera” starts with a view on the bare interior of a hospital room without windows or doors. The only physical protagonist is a male patient trapped in the paradoxical situation after awakening, finding himself followed by the inexorable eye of the surveillance camera: each attempt to avert is sabotaged, triggering slowly but steadily various stages of human aggression and despair. The spiral of paranoia is fed, but also contrasted and ignored by Stefan Németh´s soundtrack [...]
Norbert Pfaffenbichler (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2015

Optical Vacuum
Dariusz Kowalski, 2008
Optical Vacuum (video, 55min)

Nowhere else is talk of the »panoptic era« an eye that sees everything yet remains elusive ¬ clearer than in the medium that has taken omnipresence and fleetingness to a global scale: the Internet. On the Internet, the paradigm known thus far for our imaging apparatus has become invalid: there is no longer a single, central perspective, but instead, a myriad of viewing angles that broadcast over webcams, pumping incessant images into the digital data stream. [...]
Dariusz Kowalski (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2008

Ortem
Dariusz Kowalski, 2004
Ortem (video, 20min)

The main topic of the video work ORTEM is the metro's traffic system, which creates a specific space and perception situation via its underground architecture. The film as an abstract essay focuses on phenomena like: speed, perception, architecture, memory and examines the two dimensional and anonymous aspect of everyday life and experience. The discourse about the representation of areas and places meets real architecture. [...]
Dariusz Kowalski (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2004

Planes
Thomas Fuerhapter, 2006
Planes (video, 4min)

PLANES is a spatial composition made of horizontals and verticals, a receptacle in which the crush of the images´ lines and masses can find balance, and their movements a firm footing. This goes well until irritations creep in, and at first it isn´t certain where they are: in the picture, in the viewer´s head, or both?
Thomas Fuerhapter (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2006

Quadro
Lotte Schreiber, 2002
Quadro (video, 10min)

The video quadro (italian for square, picture, frame) is a film portrait of a monumental 1960s apartment block built in the italian coastal city of trieste. Resembling a fortress, This imposing structure, laid out in the shape of a square, floats on top of a hill overlooking the city. 

This edifice embodies its period’s ideas of a social utopia in a bold concrete structure without any scale. 

Its material and structure serve as elements which unite the filmic interpretation. [...]
Lotte Schreiber (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2002

R4
Michaela Schwentner, 2000
R4 (video, 5min)

Michaela Schwentner’s video to "R4" by the Viennese music trio Radian translates the abstract quality of the music into a single image, reduced but concrete: The shot which shows sets of tracks running in divergent lines from a train station and a train as it departs is transformed into a grainy black-and-white image reminiscent of Super 8 by means of various filters. This scene is compiled to form a new jerky sequence controlled by an invisible digital hand. [...]
Michaela Schwentner (video)

radian (sound)
2000

Sõprus – Дружба (Friendship)
Anu Pennanen, 2004-2007
Sõprus – Дружба (Friendship) (video, 4min)

The Tallinn project (2004-2007) is an exploration of how young people use public space in the changing capital of Estonia. The city of Tallinn in a stage of transition from a post-Soviet state to a country with the most liberal economic system in European Union. This long-term project began with research at the Estonian Film Archive. The caretaker of the archive presented me with a wealth of film material about the urbanization of Tallinn after the WWII. [...]
Anu Pennanen (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2004-
2007

Stadium
Lynne Marsh, 2008
Stadium (video, 11min)

The Olympiastadion in Berlin is both setting and protagonist in Stadium. Using a combination of footage shot on location in the stadium, 3D animation created from the architects’ model of the recent renovation, and composite footage of a performer, an uncanny dialogue is played out between architecture and the individual. Amplified by the symmetry and repetition of both space and gesture, Stadium builds a tension between the pedestrian movement of public space and physical ideals [...]
Lynne Marsh (video)

Stefan Németh (sound)
2008

Tester
Michaela Schwentner, 2004
Tester (video, 5min)

The trio Radian (the track tester is taken from their new CD "Juxtaposition", which was released in fall 2004) and Michaela Schwentner, who has translated several pieces by the three well-traveled sound researchers into images, are a proven team. This is a classic music video, though not really. The visuals are too autonomous, even if Schwentner goes along with the sounds at precisely their rhythm [...]
Michaela Schwentner (video)

radian (sound)
2004

Tlatelolco
Lotte Schreiber, 2011
Tlatelolco (video, 75min)

When a tourist bus passes by the Plaza de las tres Culturas in Mexico City, the tourist guide has a challenge. The square in the center of the Tlatelolco-Nonoalco quarter is a veritable epicenter in the pages of Mexican history: the Aztecs retreated to this area under Cuauhtémoc before their ultimate defeat by the Spanish conquistadors in 1521; here, on October 2, 1968, ten days before the opening of the Olympic Games in Mexico, a student demonstration was violently suppressed; [...]
Lotte Schreiber (HDCam)

Stefan Németh &
Steven Hess (sound)
2011

Transistor
Michaela Schwentner, 2000
Transistor (video, 6min)

A video clip as a structural model: Michaela Schwentner¹s video to "transistor" by the Viennese music trio Radian was in a sense composed in reverse, progressing from illustrated music to an abstract blueprint which could have been used for both media. On the visual level, transistor reveals a rhythmic plan which has a close affinity to the music in its temporally distorted geometry. While most conventional visualizations in sound are superimposed to create additional sensory and intellectual levels [...]
Michaela Schwentner (video)

radian (sound)
2000

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